Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Guest Posting Fun

Ever since I started the blog I loved talking about the writing process or updating my progress on my novels to the world to document the whole journey from published to self-published and eventually traditionally published. I have guest posted on other blogs, and I really love talking to other writers too over email. I am now accepting guest posts, and authors or writers who want to send me one, or have me guest on theirs about the writing process can send me an email at jdsamuels25(at)yahoo(dot)com. I love hosting authors who are promoting their books for blog tours, so if you want to use my blog to promote your book that is fine too. I just want to be more involved in the community more than I am now. Being a writer and connecting with others is something I love doing, and I will be looking forward to hearing from you if you are an author or writer who wants to guest post, or want me to let you promote your books.

Until next time,


Friday, September 21, 2012

Top Kindle Fire Applications:

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The Kindle Fire is a breathtaking 7 inch tablet that is an essential piece of technology for students, writers, and people with on-the-go busy lives. It is a handy tool capable of taking notes, entertaining people waiting for the bus or on the bus going into work, check email,  and it is an integral part of everyday life.

It will be a year in December that I have had the fire. In that time I have found a multitude of applications that are handy to have for every Kindle Fire, or possible Kindle Fire if you have not decided whether to get it yet.

In fact I have already done a review of the Kindle Fire already, so if you want to read about the Fire in general the link is here:http://wolfdreamer25-myjourney.blogspot.com/2012/01/kindle-fire-review.html

This post is going to go more in depth about the applications essential for the Fire, and this already sounds like one of those boring posts that have absolutely no humor in them, so I am going to change it. I will go over ones that are used for school, social networking, and entertainment.

1.Color Note Notepad: Free. This can be used for taking notes in class, on the go reminders, and for writers writing down story ideas or notes about the world when the muse strikes. Which is handy to have in a purse too, and in my case it was handy when I found it useful when I was looking at the headstone last names at Hollywood Cemetery. Gee, do I find inspiration in weird places or what…

2.Pocket formerly read it later: Free: I have discovered this quite recently actually when I was looking for an application that I can use to save blog posts to read later. That is the use for it to save blog posts, or articles from the web to read for later.

3.Email : Free. It is handy to have when you want to check your email, but you can’t access a computer desktop or laptop. And handy to have when you don’t want to lug a bulky laptop around.

4. gReader: Free. I use the application everyday to keep up with the blogs I subscribe to. It really is handy to be able to check the blogs I read without having to power up a laptop, and you can even take it to college or the local Starbucks and read while you drink your coffee as long as there is a Wi-Fi connection.

5.Facebook: Free. Everyone has one, and it is handy to have an application like that to see your friends and what they are doing, and update your status, and keep up with groups too, or a Facebook fan page like me.

6.Twitter: Free. Some have it, and some don’t but if you do get this application  to use anywhere on the go, and update your status in 140 characters or less.

7. Adobe Reader: Free. This is handy to have when you are reading PDF’s on the go for college and writing too. It is handy to keep all the PDFS on the kindle too. I love using this for ebooks in PDF form as well.

8.OfficeSuite Pro: 14.99. It comes with Quickword which is the equivalent to Microsoft word. Quicksheet which is the equivalent to Excel. Quickpoint which is the equivalent to Powerpoint. And QuickPDF which is the equivalent to making a PDF on the go like Adobe.  I got it when it was 4.99, and it went up but I love being able to type up my word documents anywhere, and not need to carry around a laptop. It even has an Excel  one to make spreadsheets, and a power point one to makes them anywhere at anytime.

9. GoodReads: It is really handy to have when you want to update statuses on the book you are reading, and it comes in handy when I want to check messages or see if I have any friend requests.

10.Netflix and Trutv2go: Free. These are both entertainment applications requiring you to already have a Netflix account so you can watch the television shows and movies they offer at anytime and anywhere. I love the picture and sound to it too. With Trutv2go all I have to do is put in my cable provider and I can watch Hardcore Pawn anywhere and anytime I feel like it as long as I have a Wifi connection. 

These are my top ten or 11 if you count Netflix and Trutv2go separate. These are the ones I use the most where they are for accessing pdfs, word documents, or reading blog posts on the go. The Kindle Fire is an important device to have no matter the age group or occupation.

In other news I will be getting an Ipad 2 in May, and once I have had it for some time I will be doing a review on it too, and the top applications I found that are handy to have.

Is there any other handy Kindle Fire Application not on this list? If so just put it in the comments below.

Until next time,


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Writers and dealing with people..

I want to be a stay at home author and journalist in the future. I have to have a job though so I can make money to afford college. I thought I would end up staying at my first job,  but it did not happen at all. I got let go thanks to not being funded anymore. 

No problem I will get a job somewhere in that field with no luck at the end of trying to find a job in another department.
I instead applied to jobs that deal with people since it was a better option to me then working in restaurants or fast food. I landed a job that deals with people not having any experience, and not knowing what I was really in for. It turns out after a year I found out there are lessons to learn there that I can use to make me a more successful writer. 
  • How to deal with people. I have never dealt with the general public before, and authors have readers with all kinds of personalities, and they have to deal with agents, editors, and publishers too. It prepares you for getting used to their opinions, and sometimes how to deal when it clashes with your personality.

  • ·       It teaches you certain business skills you will need for the future. Skills like counting money, and what people like and don’t like. What people can improve on, and sometimes what not to do when it comes to certain situations.

  • ·       It teaches you how to solve problems and think critically. You have no idea how to solve an issue unless you face it head on. Like trying to solve a reader issue is one example, and people related jobs prepares you to solve issues when they arise. Sometimes you have to solve it on your own without help.
  • ·       You get to see a side of people you have never seen unless you are on the other side.

  • ·       It teaches you how to be patient. Writing can take a very long time in the process from  idea for a book to published in the stores. Jobs that deal with people allow you to develop patience when dealing with certain customer or reader interactions.
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  • It can teach you lessons like treating the ones behind the counter or ones that have to obey the companies rules. Considering people related jobs like retail, mall ones, and restaurant people take a lot of flack from the general public like being yelled at because of a little issue easily fixable if they would stop yelling at you and allow you to solve it. People complain about policies to you when there is nothing you can do about it, and they should take it up to the people in charge instead. I just wish the general public would stop treating people that work in stores better too.

Those are some of the lessons and what about you have you learned lessons to take away from the job that you work at? Ones that apply to real life?

Until next time,


Friday, September 7, 2012

Writer Fuel and poetry…

I am not just talking about soda and energy drinks either, but I do drink those like Mountain Dew Voltage, White out, Code Red, and Dark Berry, even Mello Yello. I love to drink those when I am writing to stay awake.
I am talking about life experiences to use as well too. I know I use my experiences in my stories, and use them to fuel my writing. The experiences I have gone through made me who I am, and without those I would not have much to go on either. Writers use everything around them as fuel to write like what they see and hear. Situations they have been through they use it all. Thanks to bullies I know how to craft a mean petty high school drama situation, and thanks to horrible relationships and enemies I can use it to my advantage. Artists can do it too, and it is not just writes that can use their everyday experiences to fuel their passion. That is the good thing about writing too. Have workplace drama? Fuel. Had a nasty break up with an abusive person like a friend or lover? Fuel.  The situations you have been in, and the things you have heard? Fuel. Anything can be used to create, and nothing is off limits ever since the next situation you land in can be a good story to tell later.

I am enjoying my poetry class too, and I have a journal for it I used to do poetry every day, but I don’t do it as much anymore. That will change considering this poetry class is opening my eyes to how beautiful it is now. I am learning more in depth about poetry more then I used to. In the spirit of poetry I will put up a few of my poems from then and now.


True Love
What you lost is gained
What you gained is lost
You call him a lot
Even if you get caught
You want to know him
You want to see him
You like him
You love talking to him
He is a great guy
Perfect for you
Unique in everyway
Youd never turn him down
Not a bad bone to be found
When he holds you
You feel safe and sound
He has a nice voice
So calm and understanding
You would never hurt him in any way
You want to stay with him
And be with him
Day after day
He is cool
He is funny
He is just really true love to you

Mysterious Guy
There will always be one guy you look at across the hall
One guy you stare at from afar
One guy you secretly want to date, but can’t because it seems like he is always taken
And yet you both stare at each other across the hall
And you get so nervous you shake
And your heart beats fast
You hold off talking to him because you get nervous
And you don’t want him to think bad things about you because if he did you would be depressed
He is always going to be there
He will always be there for you to wonder
You don’t know much about him
You want to know him
Who knows?
You just might be friends, or best friends, or you just might finally get him
There will always be a guy like him around
One you will wonder about, and one you can look at but never touch.

Loneliness : a girl in an empty house with no one home, and friends are on vacation, family not there with no laptop, cellphone, or television. No car, and has not seen friends in a while. Her boyfriend is no longer in the picture thanks to her friends, and it is an awful time to be her.

Love:  There is a couple together at the movie theater holding hands, and they have been together for three years. Through the ups and downs whether they are arguing or laughing they have been there for each other through it all.

Boredom: Sitting on the couch, flipping through channels, nothing good really on, and no friends to hang out with since they are away. Parents are gone on vacation, and I am the only one home with nothing to do chores are done, and everything is clean.

That is all for now, and I am currently learning about making good characters too in novel writing class. I love it because it is giving me the tools I need to succeed as a writer.

Until next time,


Monday, September 3, 2012

Shadow of the Blood Moon Blog Tour First stop...

This is the first blog tour I have done, and I jumped at the chance to have an author like Robin P Waldrop guest post about the writing process, so here it goes..

My Writing Process by Robin P Waldrop

The writing process is an extremely difficult process only achievable by the greatest … Yeah, I’m joking with you. If I can write—anyone can write!  The process is different for each author and I can only speak for myself, but if you asked twenty different authors, you would most likely get twenty different answers.
Writing is something I love to do and always have. When I’m writing a book, which is all the time by the way, I force myself to go from chapter to chapter. I flesh out each scene without jumping ahead to the ones I really want to write. The ones loaded with action, or maybe a great love scene, or my favorite—the first kiss. It’s how I make the story come to life, even if I’m dying inside, wanting to skip ahead—I don’t.
After savoring two cups of coffee, I’ll fix another, grab my laptop and head outside for a couple of peaceful hours of writing. Then, I take a break and do dreaded H word. Housework. Oh, how I hate housework, but anywho, I fly through it because all I can think of is the next paragraph. The next scene. The next chapter. The next novel.
I don’t even know that I consider myself a writer yet. I do think I possess an uncanny ability to throw two coherent sentences together in a somewhat entertaining, and intelligent fashion.
I find it all somewhat surreal at times that my writing reaches so many people and there are actually more than a handful out there who don’t think I suck. I sincerely appreciate the support, and it’s my hope to continue to get better.
This is short and sweet, but it’s all I have. And it’s all me.

And if you want to know more about her new book:

Here is the description: Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Genevieve and William save her mom, or will they be too late? 
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?

This is a Young Adult paranormal urban fantasy romance with mild language and mild sexual situations recommended for readers in grade 9 and up.

I hope you all have enjoyed the post, and until next time,

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